Sir Peter Gershon

Chairman, National Grid PLC & Chairman, Tate & Lyle

Biography

I left state grammar school in 1966 with 3 A levels. Graduated in 1969 at Cambridge in mathematics and joined the UK computer industry. Worked my way up through a series of increasingly senior technical and then general management positions to reach management board level in 1983.

Moved to the telecomms industry in 1987 and held 2 Managing Director positions in different UK companies before moving to the Defence industry at MD and Main Board level in 1994.

In 2000 I moved to the UK public sector as a senior civil servant to lead a programme to reform public procurement (following a review I did for the Government in 1999) and in 2003/4 I led a major review of UK public sector efficiency reporting direct to the PM and Chancellor.

Since 2004 I have undertaken non-executive chairman roles in various sectors including mobile phone software, healthcare, outsourcing and distribution of electronic components. I have also led 2 further independent reviews – one for the UK Government in 2006 on Ministerial & Royal Air Travel, and the other for the Australian Government in 2008 on its use of ICT.

I am currently the chairman of Tate & Lyle plc, chairman of National Grid and chairman of the Aircarft Carrier Alliance. Also a member of the Government’s Efficiency & Reform Board and the Advisory Board of The Sutton Trust.

I am a fellow of a number of bodies including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society.

Awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to industry and knighted in 2004 for public service.

Married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Hobbies include skiing, cycling, swimming, travel, theatre and reading.

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